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May 2013

10 Tips to Keep Families Connected While Mom or Dad Travels

10 Tips to Keep Families Connected While Mom or Dad Travels

There is no way to sugar coat it, traveling for work can be difficult on relationships. For some people being out of town is a common occurrence and relationships thrive. Overall, most would agree that traveling tends to make it more difficult to stay “connected “with spouses, partners, family members and children when not sharing the same house or zip code.   The most important and rewarding relationships in your life should be family.  When life is good and you are… continue reading

November 2013

Make Every Interaction with Your Child Count

Make Every Interaction with Your Child Count

 Whether you are a teacher, day care/child-care provider, babysitter, nanny, grandparent, aunt, uncle or parent, each and every one of your interactions with your preschooler is a critical opportunity for positive development. The words, sentences, phrases and questions you choose to use with your preschooler have a much larger impact on their development than you might think.  Why are powerful interactions with our preschoolers so important? Powerful… continue reading

And Then School Happens…

And Then School Happens…

A simple sentence in an Education Week article titled “Brains and Schools: A Mismatch" by Alden S. Blodget was so powerful, it actually took my breath away.  “Children are natural learners, alive with questions. And then school happens.”   Two researchers (Marzano, 2003 and Hattie, 2009) looked at factors impacting students' learning. They both concluded that the most important variable of student achievement fluctuates daily according to the quality of… continue reading